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Putting 2 and 2 Together

So, there’s an old Looney Tunes cartoon, Porky in Wackyland, that’s notable for its use of surrealism. At one point in the cartoon, a three-headed creature speaks unintelligibly, and another creature explains “He says his mother was frighted by a Pawn Broker’s sign.”  We were just watching an early Charlie Chaplin short, “The Pawn Shop,” and at one point Charlie is climbing a ladder outside the shop, and hits his head against one of 3 brass spheres hanging over the entrance of the shop. The shop also has a sign with 3 spheres drawn on it.

So it hit me: Before literacy was as common as it is now, you would have needed symbols to advertise different types of businesses. The striped barber’s pole, and the doctors’ snakes survived until now. The pawn brokers’ 3 spheres must have died out in the early twentieth century (or maybe I’ve just never observed it?). I wonder what other symbols there were for other types of businesses?

Yes, this is the kind of thing that is running through my mind pretty much all the time.


New Sandman Story by Neil Gaiman Coming in 2013

I’m a few days late to this one. Wow! More here.

Sherlock Holmes joins the Enterprise. Somehow I did not know Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) was cast in Star Trek 2. Since he’s doing the voice of Smaug in the Hobbit, That’s 3 fanatical fan bases covered. Now if he could just get on to Doctor Who.

Sword-Wielding Victorian Lizard Women in Doctor Who Season 7

Looks like Madame Vastra, the Silurian adventuress from last season, is coming back. There’s also a Sontaran in a suit and tie, which could be Commander Strax. However, seeing as how that character died at the end of  ‘A Good Man Goes to War,’ I’d think that means they’re going to give the backstory for how the Doctor met some of the characters in that episode.

I’m speculating that this episode, or at least scenes from it, could be set in an earlier point in the Doctor’s timeline because they almost never have the Doctor go back and meet characters that have died when he was present. In fact, the only example of that I can remember, ever, is River Song. Say . . . when was he planning to mention any of that to Amy and Rory?

A Recent Interview with David Tennant

Good interview with one of my favorite doctors.

Android with the Face, Voice, and Knowledge of Philip K. Dick

In case I become famous after my death, I’d like to go ahead and request now: Never, ever do this to me.

Bill Murray as the Human Torch

Apparently they produced a radio program based on the early FF comics back in 1975, and someone thought that Bill Murray would be the perfect voice for Johnny Storm who is … known for his deadpan humor and … yeah, it’s pretty lame.

The New Doctor Who Companion Will Be Named Clara

Pictures from the set of the Fall Doctor Who series over at The Mary Sue.  The next Doctor Who companion will be named Clara, and [spoiler alert] will be a cute girl.

For the other half of my audience, Farscape star (and native North Carolinian!) Ben Browder will be in the 3rd episode.

Borg and Cybermen Team Up: It’s Assimilation Squared

Looks like it’s Doctor Who Sunday here at Stone Soup HQ: I’ve been out of the comics scene for a while, but here’s an interesting one: The 11th Doctor is teaming up with Captain Picard to defeat an alliance of Borg and Cybermen.  I’m a little surprised they could work out the licensing on this:

New Doctor Who Mini Episode Written by Schoolkids

This is neat: they had a contest to let schoolkids in the UK write their own Doctor Who mini-episode to advertise the 2012 Olympics.

It’s the return of the Weeping Angels!